Sunday, July 27, 2014


Scarf by Seema Zaidi
Nuno Felted Scarf by Seema Zaidi

Summer self-indulgence? Bring it on! The Blackberry Gift Shop has everything you need to kit yourself out in fine style. Summer is all about delicious colours, tastes, spicy music and heat. Tame won't do and, baby, it's hot outside. So head downtown, we're ready for your summer makeover. Scarves and jewelry in all colors of the spectrum.... Treat yourself! Don't you deserve it?

Necklaces by Luci Gimenes
Beaded Necklaces by Luci Gimenes
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Monday, July 21, 2014

City Hall Featured Artist: Pauline Doyle

This month, City Hall is playing host to a fantastic collection of ceramic artist Pauline Doyle's work. If you've swooned over Pauline's frogs in the shop and sighed at her soft box sculptures, prepare to have the socks blown off you with the sheer inventiveness and creativity in her latest work.

Yes - there are soft boxes, but this time topped with reclining figures and flowers.
Yes, there are pots - but pots with openings reminiscent of a certain Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors perhaps.
Yes, there is sculpture - but a forest of trees, with children in the branches.

Oh my!
Visit, and visit soon. The display comes down at the end of this month.

All work is for sale - phone the gift shop (604 931 2008 ext: 102) to arrange your purchase.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Late Night Shopping at July's Gallery Opening

Welcome one and welcome all!
Celebrate the launch of another exhibition at Port Moody Arts Centre with us on Thursday, July 17th between 6pm and 8pm.
Gallery opening receptions are free to attend, catered with a tempting array of both seasonal nibbles and artist encounters, and replete with a cash bar for a sophisticated atmosphere.
Elizabeth Wallace
This month's exhibition Natural Inspirations features work by the Passionate Outdoor Painters, a group of keen Tri Cities artists who work en plein air.
Our Blackberry Gift Shop will be open during the reception and it's a great opportunity to see works by our members that are inspired by the world around them.
For example, artist Vicki Allesia takes us visually all the way to her summer cabin in her amazing acrylic paintings, while artists Elizabeth Wallace and Jane Ostenstad leads us into their gardens with amazing flower images.

Vicki Allesia
Jane Ostenstad

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Meet our Artists: Art in the Garden Fair on Saturday July 19

Artists Tom Reid and Pauline Doyle showing how it's done!

Blackberry artists will once again be out and about in their community supporting the arts in Port Moody! We're taking part in the Port Moody Arts Centre's Art in the Garden event on Saturday, July 19th. Our artists will be giving demos of their work. We'll be behind the arts centre from 10am to 4pm, amongst all the other excitement of the garden fair (and next to the food ...).
Roll up, roll up! Real life artists in your midst! Come and chat with them as they work on new projects and learn what it takes to be an artist.
The Art in the Garden Fair is free and open to all. If you'd like to take the garden tour, see the poster below for details and ticket prices.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July's Featured Artist: Myrta Hayes

Myrta Hayes with Sculpture

For Myrta Hayes, working with clay is like an addiction, or a labour of love.  Her work is constantly evolving and she is happiest when creating in her little workshop/studio.  She is always experimenting with new techniques, such as using metal salts for a watercolour-like decoration, this effect is especially beautiful on semi-translucent white porcelain. Another technique Myrta has used is the transfer of black-and-white print media to give her work an aged print look.


Myrta creates functional vessels using an electric kiln and has tried various other firing methods for non-functional items, such as raku and sawdust smoking. In addition to working on the wheel she also does hand-building. Lately she has been experimenting with coloured slip, sculpting, carving and silk screen on clay  -  who knows where that will take her. Her development of special glazes is a work in progress.  She also loves the touch of white raw porcelain. Her work often depicts animals and plants which shows her love of nature (she has a background in biology).

Heron Fish Sculpture

Myrta participated in a show, Wine Tastes, at the Port Moody Arts Centre in 2006 when she received a special recognition for her work. Later, in 2007, she had her first solo show at the Port Moody Arts Centre where she was interviewed by the local newspaper.

A variety of Myrta's work can be found year-round in the Blackberry Gift Shop at the Arts Centre in Port Moody and sometimes at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster.

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